Marj Groom

   Marjorie J. Groom, 87, died Sept. 29, 2021 at her home in Rowan. Services were held Oct. 5 at the United Church of Rowan. Burial was at Graceland Cemetery near Rowan.

  Marjorie Jane, daughter of Joseph and Fern (Watts) McKinley, was born Jan. 7, 1934 in Clarion. She grew up and attended school in Rowan. While in high school, Marjorie was on the basketball team. Following graduation she attended the American Institute of Business in Des Moines.

  On April 29, 1956 Marjorie married Dwight Groom. They made their home in Rowan for a time before moving to a farm northeast of town where they raised their children. They later farmed and raised red angus cattle west of Rowan and south of Galt. Dwight and Marjorie retired in 2001 and moved into town. In 2021 they received the Heritage Farm Award for the McKinley Farm.

  Marjorie worked at Acco Seeds in Belmond, Brenton Bank in Clarion, and later the Galt Post Office. She was a longtime member of the United Church of Rowan and was very active in women’s groups. She served on the board of Wright County Opportunities. Dwight and Marjorie were passionate about serving with the Holmes Christmas Club.

  The couple enjoyed taking trips around the United States. She loved reading and was an avid supporter of the Rowan library. During basketball season, Marjorie loved to watch Iowa State or local high school teams play. She spent many hours quilting with her ladies group. Her most favorite thing was spending time with family and attending any of their activities or sporting events.

  She was preceded in death by her husband (2019); infant daughter Ellen Mary; brother Lewis McKinley; sister Esther (Lawrence) Long; sisters-in-law Darlene (Merle) Fletcher and Margrete (Ronald Ordean) Jones; and brother-in-law Tom (Edna) Groom.  

  Marjorie is survived by her children Jane (Dennis) McGrath of Clarion, Charles (Lorissa) Groom of Rowan, and Linda (Jim) Pierce of Brooklyn Park, MN; grandchildren Denae McGrath, Randy (Jamie) McGrath, James Ingebritson, Chase (Halee) Ingebritson, Mac Pierce and Kailey Pierce; and 11 great-grandchildren.